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Marine officer on Okinawa fined for trespassing

CAMP FOSTER — A Japanese court fined a Marine officer 100,000 yen (about $1,250) for trespassing in an Okinawa home after a night of drinking.

First Lt. Tomas Chanquet, 24, of Camp Foster, was released Thursday after he paid the fine, according to a spokesman for the Naha District Court. He had been in Japanese custody since his Nov. 18 arrest for entering an unlocked apartment in Naha’s entertainment district around 7:30 a.m. and falling asleep in a bedroom, according to the police report.

The incident was among several that have occurred despite an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew imposed for all U.S. servicemembers in Japan following the alleged gang rape of a Japanese woman by two U.S. sailors last month.

Military commanders have been trying to cobble together solutions to reduce troop misbehavior.

From staff reports

 

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